SPITFIRE EPIC BIBSHORT
During the past 2 years, we conducted an in-depth study into the improvement of the most critical part of a cycling outfit: the bib shorts.
In this study, we examined the construction of a wide range of bib shorts, with a strong focus on the improvement of comfort, performance and looks.
The basic premise used in this study was a number of problems.
- Carbon bicycles, wheels, seats and shoes keep getting lighter and stiffer; the human body, however, remains soft and therefore has to tolerate a lot of blows. How can we better support the body?
- The leg grippers, which press on the skin, often make cyclists (including trained athletes) look like they have gained a few kilos. How can we improve the fit and the look?
The result: the Epic Bibshort.
The sculpted form provides extra support in a riding position.
The fabric in the leg panels features integrated leg grippers and offers graduated muscle support by varying the tightness.
The Vapor pad is part of our newest generation of pads, and it’s a big step forward in terms of breathability and damping. Main research question during development was: how can we improve the damping needed to cope with the stiffness of carbon bikes without adding more material to the pad? The result: Vapor Technology.
The pad materials consist of a friction reducing, breathable top layer. 2 middle layers provide breathability and moisture transport. The main layer is where the magic happens. We use Evapore, which is a 3D webbing with better damping qualities. When put under stress, Evapore changes into a rubberized state, so even when it’s compressed to the maximum, it still provides damping. Moreover, this material is hydrophobic, meaning it transports perspiration. The pad remains dry at all times.
The benefits are obvious.
The pad remains compact.
Lower center of gravity on the saddle, more control of your bike.
Stability on the saddle is improved.
Better power transfer, less bulk.
More support with only 30% of the material.